Saturday, August 9, 2014

You Oughta Know... August Blog Hop

 Hey everyone!

This week I am taking a break from DIY Saturdays to join other amazing bloggers in this August's You Oughta Know Blog Hop. With school right around the corner I am going to focus on Parent Teacher Conferences.

Finding the right words for Parent Teacher conferences and Report Card comments can be challenging and time consuming. You have to make sure that your phrases convey the right attitude, they need to be unbiased and sincere. You shouldn't say the same thing about multiple students and you have to remember what you said each time. Here is how I  plan and organize  for my conferences. Click the link below to grab your  own editable copy for free. Glow and Grow Template

I start out by using this Grow and Glow conference sheet. I use the top portion to record grades and  general remarks (exceeds expectation,  good, doing well, needs improvement...) I use my grade book and student artifacts to complete this portion of the sheet. When speaking with parents you have to be accurate. Some parents may challenge what you say and it helps to have student artifacts to back you up. While I am organizing this  section I use a sticky note to jot down any impressions or thoughts for the comments. This will make filling out the  bottom section of the template easier.

Next, I begin drafting my comments for the bottom part of the sheet. In this space I focus on areas of strength and ways to improve. I typically aim for 2 comments in the glow sections and 3 in the grow section. I use a variety of resources to make comment writing easier. I picked this book up at my local book store and I can't say enough about it. There are perfectly drafted sentences for all many different areas of concern.  The book also provides many useful positive comments for students who are doing just fine. I would highly recommend picking it up if you have a chance. Scholastic also provides teachers with sample report card comments on their website. 101 Report Card Comments

I hope this helps make conferences time a little easier. Don't forget to checkout more great tips from the bloggers below.

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  1. I agree that it is important to have student artifacts and work samples to support what you say (for strengths and areas of improvement) at parent teacher conferences. I was most caught off-guard one time when a parent questioned me about one of their child's strengths, and I was very happy when I could pull out an example of his work to show them.


  2. I was so excited to find your post for the You Oughta Know Blog Hop, I'm your newest follower. I've pinned you too!
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  3. Thanks so much for sharing that book, I've used it before and it is so helpful! Its so hard to word concerns sometimes but this book is great for that!

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

  4. Thanks for sharing the Glow and Grow Template.

  5. Thank you for sharing this idea. Parent conferences can be difficult. These ideas offer some support for teachers new to it. Teaching Science With Lynda